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The Curious Case of Nnamdi Asomugha

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OAKLAND CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders warms up against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19 2010 in Oakland California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
OAKLAND CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders warms up against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Bruce Allen has recently conveyed that the Redskins have a clear and aggressive plan for free agency this offseason, whenever that may be. But does the plan include pursuing top free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha? Chances are Asomugha ends up in the NFC East either in DC, Dallas, or Philadelphia.

Recently ESPN Blogger Dan Graziano made his case for the Skins pursuing Asomugha:

I believe that, if the Redskins got him and no one else, their defense would improve as a result. They could use him the way the Jets use Darrelle Revis, to effectively take one receiver out of the game, and that would help their pass rush by eliminating a downfield option and forcing the quarterback to wait longer to throw. I get your point about how big-splash free agents haven't worked out for the Skins, but Nnamdi is no Albert Haynesworth. If they can get him without blowing up the rest of their plans to do it, they should make every effort.

There is no doubt that Asomugha is one of the best cornerbacks to come along this past decade, but the main question is would pursuing Asomugha blow up the Skins budget and/or plan?

In my mind the defense is pretty well set except at CB and if Asomugha was signed he would likely be the only addition to the defense, except maybe a undrafted free agent or two. But would this affect our pursuit of quality offensive lineman or even a quarterback on the other side of the ball. Signing Asomugha is such a typical Redskins move and we've heard, like Graziano stated, "this guy isn't like so and so..." before. But would Asomugha really be different or is this whole situation another Mike Shanahan smoke screen to drive Asomugha's price up since the Cowboys and Eagles will likely be involved? Either way it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.